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Play Against Capablanca

Play Against Capablanca

I have collected 25 examples from the games of a chess legend - 3rd World Champion Jose Raul Capablanca. While he was the World champion for only 6 years, Capablanca has been always considered an extremely remarkable player. Capablanca lost only 35 serious games (as an adult), and went undefeated in 63 games during 8 year stretch. This is your chance to 'virtually' compete against one of the best chess players ever. Good luck! 

  • Saemisch - Capablanca, Karlsbad 1929

    You are playing White and your 'partner' is Saemisch. It is your move. How do you evaluate the situation? Capablanca's last move was 9...Bc8-a6, planning to build a pressure against the doubled c-pawn. What are White's options and how should he respond?

    • 3 challenges
  • Capablanca - Hoffman, 1922

    You are playing Black and your 'partner' is Hoffman. It is your move. How do you evaluate the situation? Capablanca's last move was at typical sacrifice on h7 - 9. Be4xh7+. What are White's options and how should he respond?

    • 2 challenges
  • Alekhine - Capablanca, 1927

    You are playing White and your 'partner' is Alekhine. It is your move. How do you evaluate the situation? Capablanca's last move was 47...Rc2-c4, attacking one of White's pawns. What are White's options and how should he respond?

    • 6 challenges
  • Capablanca - Bain, 1933

    You are playing Black and your 'partner' is Mary Bain. This is a blindfold exhibition. It is your move. How do you evaluate the situation? Capablanca's last move was 9. Ne2x(B)d4. What are Black's options and how should he respond?

    • 4 challenges
  • Euwe - Capablanca, 1938

    You are playing White and your 'partner' is Euwe. It is your move. How do you evaluate the situation? Capablanca's last move was 25...c7-c6, strengthening the Q-side pawns. What are White's options and how should he respond?

    • 4 challenges
  • Capablanca - Alekhine, 1927

    You are playing Black and your 'partner' is Alekhine. It is your move. How do you evaluate the situation? Capablanca's last move was 30. d4-d5, attacking in the center. What are Black's options and how should he respond?

    • 3 challenges
  • Eliskases - Capablanca, 1937

    You are playing White and your 'partner' is Elsikases. It is your move. How do you evaluate the situation? Capablanca's last move was 369...Bc8x(N)e6, leaving the a6 pawn en prise. What are White's options and how should he respond?

    • 1 challenge
  • Capablanca - Thomas, 1919

    You are playing Black and your 'partner' is Thomas. It is your move. How do you evaluate the situation? Capablanca's last move was 29. Qa6-a8, with (seemingly) deadly threats on the 8th rank. Black resigned here. Any other options you can see here?

    • 3 challenges
  • Winter - Capablanca, 1936

    You are playing White and your 'partner' is William. It is your move. How do you evaluate the situation? Capablanca's last move was 36...Kg6-h5, trying to run away from White pieces. What are White's options and how should he respond?

    • 1 challenge
  • Capablanca - Adams, 1915

    You are playing Black and your 'partner' is Fonaroff. It is your move. How do you evaluate the situation? Capablanca's last move was 28. Bd2-e3, hoping to plug the holes around his King. What are Black's options and how should he respond?

    • 4 challenges
  • Marshall - Capablanca, 1909

    You are playing White and your 'partner' is Marshall. It is your move. How do you evaluate the situation? Capablanca's last move was 24...Rb8-b6, shielding the a7 pawn from the Queen's attack and attempting to defend the Bishop. What are White's options...

    • 3 challenges
  • Capablanca - Molina, 1914

    You are playing Black and your 'partner' is Molina. It is your move. How do you evaluate the situation? Capablanca's last move was 24. d3-d4, hoping to push back Black's rook and open some space for his pieces. What are Black's options and how should...

    • 6 challenges
  • Janowski - Capablanca, 1913

    You are playing White and your 'partner' is Janowski. It is your move. How do you evaluate the situation? Capablanca's last move was 24...g5x(P)h4. What are White's options and how should he respond?

    • 4 challenges
  • Capablanca - Dake, 1931

    You are playing Black and your 'partner' is Dake. It is your move. How do you evaluate the situation? Capablanca's last move was 50. Pg3-g4, seemingly achieving nothing. What are Black's options and how should he respond?

    • 3 challenges
  • Nimzowitsch - Capablanca, 1927

    You are playing White and your 'partner' is Nimtozowitsch. It is your move. How do you evaluate the situation? Capablanca's last move was 17...Ph7-h5, undermining your K-side pawns. What are White's options and how should he respond?

    • 1 challenge
  • Lilienthal - Capablanca, 1935

    You are playing White and your 'partner' is Lilienthal. It is your move. How do you evaluate the situation? Capablanca's last move was 19...Qc4x(P)e4, strengthening the queenside pawns. What are White's options and how should he respond?

    • 7 challenges
  • Capablanca - Fonaroff, 1918

    You are playing Black and your 'partner' is Fonaroff. It is your move. How do you evaluate the situation? Capablanca's last move was 18. Bf4x(N)e5, creating very serious threats. What are Black's options and how should he respond?

    • 5 challenges
  • Tarrasch - Capablanca, 1914

    You are playing White and your 'partner' is Tarrasch. It is your move. How do you evaluate the situation? Capablanca's last move was 17...Bg4x(N)f3. What are White's options and how should he respond?

    • 2 challenges
  • Bernstein - Capablanca, 1914

    You are playing White and your 'partner' is Bernstein. It is your move. How do you evaluate the situation? Capablanca's last move was 26..Rc7-c5, attacking the N. What are White's options and how should he respond?

    • 1 challenge
  • Capablanca - Marshall, 1914

    You are playing Black and your 'partner' is Marshall. It is your move. How do you evaluate the situation? Capablanca's last move was 18. Re7x(B)e6, starting the fireworks. What are Black's options and how should he respond?

    • 3 challenges
  • Botvinnik - Capablanca, 1938

    You are playing White and your 'partner' is Botvinnik. It is your move. How do you evaluate the situation? Capablanca's last move was 29...Qe8-e7, blocking the danerous P and gibing extra support to the Nf6. What are White's options and how should he...

    • 5 challenges
  • Capablanca - Janowski, 1916

    You are playing Black and your 'partner' is Janowski. It is your move. How do you evaluate the situation? Capablanca's last move was 83. Kc4-d5, improving his King while preventing the Black King from getting back to the b-pawn. Black resigned here. Any...

    • 7 challenges
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